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Isot Kivet Textile

Designer
Maija Isola, Finnish, 1927–2001
Maker
Marimekko Oy, Helsinki, Finland, founded 1951
Date
1959
Material
Screen-printed cotton
Made in
Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland, Europe
Classification
Textiles
Current Location
On View, Gallery 130
Dimensions
215 x 48 in.
Credit Line
Gift of Marimekko Oy
Rights
© Maija Isola, courtesy of Marimekko Corporation
Object Number
163:1971
NOTES
The clipped curves of these monumental black dots lend an organic edge to this highly graphic textile. Designer Maija Isola created this simple but striking design with paper cut-outs, looking to the irregular shape of stones—"kivet" in Finnish—for inspiration. Isola’s outsized, abstract patterns helped catapult Finnish textile and fashion company Marimekko to international fame in the 1960s.
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